June 21, 2017

Commentary: Proposed bill would make it easier for local districts to take control of projects.

An important tool that provides Western water managers with stronger local control has caught the attention of President Donald Trump's administration and Congress this summe...

May 31, 2017

Commentary: A Western coalition has an Endangered Species Act agreement and plan for species conservation that could be a framework for the future.

There is definitely some excitement in the Western agricultural community about what the new administration and Congress c...

May 26, 2017

Farmers and conservationists have already demonstrated that collaborative water projects work, but more funding is needed, say representatives from Trout Unlimited and the Family Farm Alliance.

AFTER THE FIRST 100 days of the new administration, Washington, D.C., and Co...

April 19, 2017

Commentary: New measure offers reauthorized support for the Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program, with improved priorities.

Earlier this year, the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, led by Chairman (Sen.) John Barrasso, R-Wyo., passed with bipartisan su...

March 23, 2017

Commentary: The Oroville Dam crisis in February has coalesced into a series of groups pushing their own political agendas.

On Feb. 12, more than 180,000 people on the east side of California’s Sacramento Valley were ordered to evacuate, due to concerns that the Oroville...

February 22, 2017

Commentary: The West needs more storage and water management systems, and Congress appears to be pushing ahead on the issue.

For many reasons — political, economic, social — the construction of traditional water surface storage projects has almost become a thing of the...

January 19, 2017

Commentary: New administration has a lot on its plate, but getting this message out is important.

The Trump administration will need to address the issues of Western water resources development and the implementation of federal environmental laws and regulations. Unfort...

January 2, 2017

A massive flood event or destructive drought are two sure crises that will get

policymakers focused on improving water management policy. The recent drought has ramped up much-needed congressional interest in Western water. Late last year, President Obama signed into la...

December 23, 2016

Water Lines: Senate approves Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act, which includes support for water projects.

Just after 1 a.m. on Dec. 10, the U.S. Senate approved the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act, which includes the Water...

November 1, 2016

Drought is a natural disaster, albeit a slow moving one. The announcement in early summer that closer collaboration between drought resiliency programs at USDA and the Department of Interior would be coming to the Colorado River basin was welcomed by those that depend...

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